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  • Fenwick H. Watkins

    On this date in 1922, the Fargo Forum sports pages told about NDSU’s baseball team and its eagerness to get outdoors for spring practice. The winter snows were gone, but the baseball diamond was muddy. Coach Fenwick Watkins had worked with the team indoors for two weeks of “limbering up,” bunting, and “chalk-talks” about the [...]

  • McClelland’s Appeal

    William McClelland arrived in North Dakota in 1921. The native New Yorker had been hired as superintendent of the state’s Training School, a juvenile reformatory outside of Mandan. With constant funding shortages and inadequate political support, the school’s survival was in question. McClelland instituted a variety of reforms, including a new curriculum focused on agriculture [...]

  • Heat Strike

    Classrooms at the North Dakota Agricultural College sat cold and empty on this date in 1943. Twelve of the college’s engineers and two janitors had gone on strike. They seized control of the school’s powerhouse, leaving students without heat and hot water. The disgruntled employees had staged the coup in response to what they saw [...]

  • AC Accreditation

    Recent events relating to the relationship between NDSU and the state’s Board of Higher Education have thrown a spotlight on earlier turbulent events in the school’s history.  The ‘Purge of ‘37’ has been revisited the most often, a time when the school, then called the North Dakota Agricultural College, lost its accreditation, and the accreditation [...]

  • Saving UND

    The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks has survived much since it first opened its doors in 1884. In 1887, a tornado demolished most of the university. In 1919, the institution was among the hardest hit in the country a deadly flu epidemic, and in 1970, it was the site of some of North [...]

  • 1897 Flood

    Surely April is a month of great duality in the state of North Dakota; after a long winter, residents are relieved to see the first signs of spring, but, unfortunately, these signs often include spring flooding. One of the worst floods on record occurred during the spring of 1897; the flood was so great, and [...]

  • Alvin Strutz

    Alvin Strutz began his appointment on the North Dakota Supreme Court on this date in 1959. Strutz had already made a name for himself as the state’s Attorney General, a one-time candidate for Governor, and a successful Bismarck lawyer. However, it was not an election that won Strutz the prestigious seat on North Dakota’s highest [...]

  • Preparing for War

    North Dakota Agricultural College president Edwin Ladd launched North Dakota’s war effort on this date in 1917. After attending an agricultural conference in St. Louis, Ladd returned with director Thomas Cooper of the Experiment Station to address North Dakotans at Fargo. The conference, launched only days after the U.S. officially entered the Great War on [...]

  • Foiled Arson Plot

    A foiled arson plot was reported by the Fargo Forum on this date in 1917. Investigators in Magnolia, North Dakota, released their findings that an attempt had been made to burn the 95-foot long railroad bridge just west of that town. Arsonists had poured kerosene on the wooden beams and set the structure on fire. [...]

  • Mr. Erickson’s 81st birthday

    On this date in 1938, the Mott Pioneer Press reported on a milestone advancement for North Dakotans. The newspaper boasted that “for the first time in the history of the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company,” North Dakotans could place a call to Sweden. E. G. Erickson of Harvey and August Erickson of Bowbells, along with Jonas [...]

  • Capitol Offices

    After an absence of over three years, the last of the state agencies returned to Capitol Hill. On this date in 1934, the office of the Secretary of State was moving into the new State Capitol Building. Only the Governor’s Office remained in the downtown area of Bismarck, housed in the Memorial Building.   When [...]

  • North Fargo

    Despite their similar names, Fargo and West Fargo have been separate cities for many years, and only in the past few decades have those towns grown enough that their boundaries touched. Until 1923, Fargo was also neighbors with the city of North Fargo, but their relationship wasn’t as polite as it is with West Fargo [...]

  • Sheriff Sager

    The steadfast county sheriff was on the front lines of the war against alcohol during the years of Prohibition. A sheriff executed warrants on behalf of the attorney general and performed arrests for violating liquor trafficking laws. As an elected official, the sheriff was often given the duty of arresting the friendly neighbors that voted [...]

  • Anti-Spitting Law in Grand Forks

    In bygone days in North Dakota, people were free to spit outdoors wherever they pleased, as long as they did not hit others; and indoors – if they used spittoons. The liberty to freely spit ended in Grand Forks in 1901, when the city council passed an ordinance “prohibiting spitting on sidewalks, in the entrances [...]

  • Robert or David Noah

    Nobody knows exactly when Gus Johnson disappeared. But in early April of 1908, his neighbors became suspicious when his hired man showed up in Kenmare to sell a wagon-load of the farmer’s grain. This young man was friendly, with exotic features, thick dark hair, and a southern accent. His name was Robert Noah, and what [...]

  • Tax Bill

    Eleven thousand dollars is a lot to pay for one year in taxes, especially in 1953; but on this date, reports out of Tioga indicated that residents were not unhappy about it, since it came about due to the oil found on their land.   As Mr. and Mrs. Moratzka gave their check for that [...]

  • Brandy the Bulldog

    On this date in 1928, the city of Grand Forks prepared to retire a “good patrolman”—Brandy, a bull dog.   The Grand Forks Herald reported that the “battle-scarred” dog was “one of the best patrolmen, crook and bag spotters, and most aggressive member when trouble threatened, that ever patrolled a beat in Grand Forks.”   [...]

  • 3.7 Million Sandbags

    Scores of North Dakota residents along the Red River fought to save homes, farms, and businesses during the flood of April 1979. The Army Corps of Engineers reported that these flood-fighting efforts had prevented nearly $80 million in damage, saving countless homes. Most of the fight that year took the form of good, old-fashioned sand-bagging, [...]

  • Legal Gambling Comes to North Dakota

    North Dakota was poised to play a game of chance and change on this date in 1977. “Bingo – It’s legal in North Dakota” read the lead sentence of The Forum in Fargo. As Saturday began at the stroke of 12 AM, legal charity gambling began for the first time in North Dakota’s history. Gambling [...]

  • Haunted Coal

    On a cool but sunny March morning in 1944, schoolteacher Pauline Rebel was preparing the one-room Wild Plum School House, 20 miles south of Richardton, North Dakota, for the arrival of her eight students. It appeared to be a day like any other, but after the students arrived, strange things began to happen.   At [...]